A police force has severed all ties with its own male voice choir because it doesn’t promote gender equality.
Since 1956 The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir has performed at events across the country raising hundreds of thousands for charity.
But they have found they are no longer singing from the same hymn sheet as the force’s Chief Constable Peter Goodman says he can no ‘no longer support’ the organisation
Now they have been asked to cut ties from Derbyshire Police as part of a drive to promote gender equality within the force.
The choir faced upheaval trying to recruit around 50 female singers and claimed they could not afford to expand just to meet quotas.
From June onwards the choir, which is made up of civilians, will change its name to the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir.
Choir chairman Kevin Griffiths said the change of name has resulted from the constabulary’s drive to promote gender equality in all aspects of its operations.
The Chief Constable invited the group, which is linked to the force as members have worn police tunics for performances in the past, to become a ‘mixed voices’ choir.
But Mr Griffiths said the choir felt ‘unable to accept’ his suggestion.
As a result, the Chief Constable gave notice that the authorisation for the choir to use ‘Derbyshire Constabulary’ in its name had been revoked.
The choir have also been requested to take steps to disassociate themselves from Derbyshire Police.
‘We fully understand the rationale behind Mr Goodman’s decision,’ said Mr Griffiths.
‘However, after considering the logistics and difficulties of undertaking such a transformation we felt unable to accept his invitation.
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